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ITN Energy Systems, Inc. to Demonstrate Flexible Electrochromics at ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Technology Showcase

Post Time:Feb 24,2012Classify:Industry NewsView:261

 

ITN’s exhibit presents an overview and demonstration of their unique and innovative electrochromics (EC) technology that allows lighting control in a flexible form. Electrochromic coating materials use a small electric current to change the tint (shade) of a window, controlling the amount of light and heat that pass through the glass. In the past, EC products have been restricted to flat glass panes, and had to be applied to the glass during manufacturing. ITN’s innovation deposits the EC material on a thin flexible plastic, which can then be formed to a variety of surface shapes, freeing users from restrictions imposed by traditional flat glass windows. It can even be used on sunglasses!

 

In addition to the enhanced aesthetics, there are very real savings to be realized. ITN’s EC films can be applied to windows to control light and heat, reducing the cost of heating/cooling buildings, as well as contributing to efficient use of overhead lighting.

 

“Our success in this project is based on ITN’s 15 year heritage in leading the development of clean technologies in the areas of energy generation, energy storage and energy efficiency,” said Dr. Bruce Lanning, Program Manager, Electrochromics Project.

 

The product was funded by $6.0 million in grants from ARPA-E, with $2.0 million of additional internal funds contributed by ITN. The primary goal for the project is to develop solid-state electrochromic film on plastic substrates by using ITN's roll-to-roll production process to substantially reduce the cost of electrically controlled smart windows for net-zero energy buildings. ITN is the prime contractor on the project, and is supported by EPRI, Southern California Edison, MAG Industrial Automation Systems, and the Colorado School of Mines.

Source: www.virtual-strategy.comAuthor: shangyi

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